Confirmed: 2016 the Warmest Year in History of Global Recordkeeping Weather Underground
Toxic chemicals found at Tokyo’s new fish market site South China Morning Post
The Global Risks Report 2017 World Economic Forum
Student Loan Collector Cheated Millions, Lawsuits Say NYT. Sounds just like mortage servicers in the foreclosure crisis.
Jet, mansions figure in $232 million foreign trust case to be heard in Auckland court New Zealand Herald (RS). This is about 1MDB and “controversial Malaysian financier Jho Low,” and the mansion is in Los Angeles. (The penthouses, however, are in Manhattan.)
Inside the luxury world’s commission culture FT. “Commissions.”
The Need for Different Classes of Macroeconomic Models Olivier Blanchard, Petersen Institute for International Relations. Shorter: Theoretical DSGE models = string theory. Unfair?
Theresa May’s hard Brexit hinges on a dated vision of global trade The Conversation (J-LS).
Growing Up in Rising China The Diplomat
India Demonetization Trainwreck
New Cold War
A Grim Fairy Tale Walter Kirn, Harpers (DG).
Ukrainian president: US should ‘be great again’ by confronting the ‘global threat’ of Russia Reuters (Furzy Mouse).
Deciphering the scandalous rumors about Trump in Russia Fabius Maximus
Signals intelligence and the management of military competition Understanding Society
FBI, 5 other agencies probe possible covert Kremlin aid to Trump McClatchy. An “informal, inter-agency working group.” Alrighty, then.
“It Can’t Happen Here” – Color Revolution By Force Moon of Alabama
Russell Brand: Reality under Barack Obama and Donald Trump will not be too different Irish Times (DJRichard).
Obama Administration Races to Finish Probes, Wring Payouts From Firms WSJ. More cost-of-doing-business fines. That’s their story, and they’re sticking to it.
Trump’s Treasury pick facing criticism over foreclosures WaPo. But since Obama did nothing at the time but slap a few wrists, this is a nothingburger. What goes around….
Ryan, Bannon strike surprising truce The Hill
Where Trump and Tech See Eye to Eye Truthout
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2016 Post Mortem
Democratic Party rethink gets $20 million injection Politico. “Third Way is in conversations with the polling firm Global Strategy Group to conduct its first round of research, which will focus on the troubled state of the Democratic brand in large parts of the country.” More on Global Strategy Group. And Dems jockey for big money control Politico.
Billionaire Steyer Says There’s ‘No Limit’ on His Spending Against Trump Bloomberg. Looks like Dem grifters have found a mark. “No limit.” That’s good to know, since the Democrat establishment took a billion dollars plus and somehow managed to jam it down the toilet of the Clinton campaign…
Al Gore on His ‘Inconvenient Truth’ Sequel, Private Donald Trump Talks, “Consoling” Hillary Clinton Hollywood Reporter (J-LS).
How Barack Obama paved the way for Donald Trump Gary Younge, Guardian
Trump and the Revolt of the White Middle Class Washington Monthly
Cory Booker’s Conscience Jacobin. Assumes facts not in evidence.
Tired of “no-show” patients? Use predictive overbooking. Advisory Board (GP). GP: “New ways for your medical history to be used against you.”
How the American Postal Workers Union Scored One of its Biggest Wins Ever In These Times (DK).
The Hate that Dare Not Speak its Name The Archdruid Report
Long live populism ! Le Blog de Thomas Piketty, Le Monde (in English).
America’s Great Working-Class Colleges NYT. They do exist!
How to avert catastrophe FT. “Listen to older people who have experienced catastrophes.” Readers, Naked Capitalism is here for you….
Antidote du jour (via):
Daily Mail: “Huge jumpers knitted by villagers in India to keep elephants warm.”